"Crazy Greta" is a painting by Pieter Brueghel about the horrors of war

Painting by Pieter Bruegel the “Crazy Greta" is one of the most feared and the great works of the artist. It will impress the rare man, if he will see the original painting, which is located in the Belgian Museum Mayer van den Berg (Museum Mayer van den Bergh), or its reproduction or photo.

pattern Description

Painting “Crazy Greta” made mainly in red hues, its plot unfolds against the backdrop of the bloody sky, barely veiled by smoke. The earth is teeming with creatures, in which only the gaze to get to know people. They loot, kill and fight. Generates large stone head at the left of the picture.

At first glance it seems that the artist has depicted hell. But the picture has neither mythical creatures nor devils, nor any demonstration of human suffering. The image shows a distorted interpretation of people's behavior during the war. In a figurative sense, Bruegel and wanted to show the underworld, but not under the ground, and on it, the members of which are not the soul, but real people. Masses of people shown in the picture behave exactly the same, because the atmosphere of war, according to the artist, puts all people on the baser level, or just crazy.
In the center of the picture – herself crazy Greta. Her mouth open, one hand gripping a sword, another – simple belongings sticking a pan.

Obviously, the woman has lost her mind amid the ongoing chaos. The person who is looking at the picture, it is proposed to decide where to move, Greta – away from the city, or, on the contrary, she takes an active part in the looting, mad with pain and terror.


On painting called “Crazy Greta” the artist was inspired by the riots in the Netherlands of the early 60-ies of the XVI century, when there was active harassment of the Spaniards in the country. This resulted in war, destruction and poverty.
Emotional state transmitted by Pieter Bruegel pretty accurate, so everyone who looks at this picture, partly perhaps to test the abhorrence of war and the pain that tried to convey the author.
in order to enhance the effect of tragedy, the author combines in one picture and the real events and fantasy elements. Is not only a way to emphasize the allegorically insurmountable changes in the human character under the influence of the war, but also a powerful tool in order to recreate the atmosphere of horror.

Origin of name

Select the title of the film about war and human vices were not random. It's a kind of parody on the name of the famous guns "Greta». Thus, the artist not only in his work showed the attitude to the war, but also inevitable in the period of the war the metamorphosis of the people, the senselessness and cruelty.

In Belgium you can find not only the original of this picture, but the famous monument of the specified cannon.

Artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder

the author of the paintings with a surreal story “Crazy Greta" is a well - known artist from the Netherlands of the XVI century. The date of his birth is unknown, but it is known that the work he began in the forties of the sixteenth century. Until 1559 he signed his paintings Brueghel, and then threw one extra letter and became known as Bruegel.
a Great influence on Pieter Brueghel produced works of Hieronymus Bosch. Many of his works, including “Crazy Greta" visually similar to paintings of Hieronymus Bosch: they emotions prevail over the credible reflection of reality. Imitation of Hieronymus Bosch, Bruegel has reached such proportions that the latter even signed his work as “Hieronymus Bosch”, he even sold these paintings, giving the creations of well-known colleagues. This picture is a “Large fish eat the small”.
it is Noteworthy that Bruegel never wrote of paintings on order: no portraits, no naked people. His work always had a social nature in the paintings he criticized human vices in the most blatant and ironic form.

Pieter Bruegel was married, married son was born – his namesake, who also later became an artist. He is known under the name of Brueghel Peasant.
Died Pieter Bruegel in Brussels in 1569. But his work lives on to this day, and even modern man, after four and a half centuries, reading the description of the picture “Crazy Greta”, perfectly understand the feelings and emotions were trying to tell through my art, the descendants and contemporaries, Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel.